Unnatural Helpers aren't a band, they're a swingin'/singing drummer by the name of Dean Whitmore who amasses lightening-quick sidemen with what appears to be great ease. And why should he have a hard time? Who wouldn't want to play whip-smart garage rock honey that lasts for two minutes and then starts over?
The Seattle band's stage-opening set--during which they pulled heavily from their recent Hardly Art LP, Cracked Love & Other Drugs--was UH at their best. Something about the set enunciated the band's strengths: the catchiness of the choruses, the melodic nature of Whitmore's drumming (guess it helps that he writes and sings the songs, too), and the fact that, at roughly two minutes a piece, we get to hear more than a handful of what are easily some of the best songs in town.